Fall Classic at Arrowhead

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The Fall Classic at Arrowhead was a college football game at Arrowhead Stadium that was held twelve times in Kansas City, Missouri from 2002-2013 between Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) rivals Northwest Missouri State University and Pittsburg State University.

Overview[edit]

The Fall Classic drew more than 20,000 fans each year (including 26,695 in 2004), the largest attendance of any regular-season NCAA Division II sporting event.

Since 1992 the two MIAA rivals have appeared in 11 NCAA Division II National Football Championship title games. Pittsburg State is 2-3 winning in 1991 and 2011, and was runner up in 1992, 1995 and 2004 (in addition it polled #1 in 1961). Northwest is 3-4, winning the titles in 1998, 1999 and 2009 and was runner up in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In addition to the regular season games the two teams have also played each other in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2011 in Division II playoff games.[1][2] The two teams have combined for at least a share of all but two MIAA championships since 1989.

In every matchup at Arrowhead except 2003, at least one of the teams was ranked in the Top 10 in Division II. In 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006 and 2004 both teams were in the Top 10 including 2004 when they were #1 and #2.

On February 11, 2014 Northwest Missouri State announced on their website that they were unable to reach terms with the Kansas City Chiefs to continue the use of Arrowhead Stadium for the contest.[3]

Northwest won nine of the twelve games played at Arrowhead Stadium.

Game results[edit]

Date NW Rank Pitt Rank Host NW Score Pitt Score Winner Notes
1932-09-30 - - Pittsburg 0 25 Pitt
1933-09-29 - - Maryville 6 33 Pitt
1934-11-29 - - Pittsburg 0 7 Pitt
1944-09-15 - - Pittsburg 26 13 NW
1944-10-13 - - Maryville 33 2 NW
1960-10-08 - - Pittsburg 6 38 Pitt
1961-10-07 - - Maryville 0 35 Pitt
1973-09-15 - - Pittsburg 14 10 NW
1974-09-14 - - Maryville 13 0 NW
1975-09-13 - - Maryville 28 14 NW
1976-09-11 - - Pittsburg 24 0 NW
1977-09-10 - - Maryville 27 14 NW
1978-09-09 - - Pittsburg 10 30 Pitt
1979-09-08 - - Maryville 14 21 Pitt
1980-09-06 - - Pittsburg 7 33 Pitt
1981-09-05 - - Maryville 9 6 NW
1983-09-10 - - Pittsburg 7 28 Pitt
1989-10-07 - - Pittsburg 13 27 Pitt
1989-11-18 10 - Pittsburg 7 28 Pitt
1990-10-06 - - Maryville 14 49 Pitt
1991-10-05 - - Pittsburg 0 38 Pitt
1992-10-03 - Maryville 14 31 Pitt
1993-10-30 - - Pittsburg 12 38 Pitt
1994-10-29 - - Maryville 7 49 Pitt
1995-11-11 - - Pittsburg 14 22 Pitt
1996-11-16 2 7 Maryville 0 40 Pitt
1997-10-25 5 2 Pittsburg 15 14 NW
1998-10-24 3 18 Maryville 23 18 NW
1999-09-18 1 10 Pittsburg 27 21 NW
2000-09-16 1 6 Maryville 35 28 NW
2001-10-13 11 6 Pittsburg 35 31 NW
2002-10-17 5 11 Kansas City 29 7 NW
2003-11-15 - - Kansas City 20 19 NW
2004-11-06 2 1 Kansas City 17 21 Pitt
2004-11-27 4 1 Pittsburg 36 50 Pitt Playoff
2005-10-29 16 4 Kansas City 35 56 Pitt
2005-11-26 21 3 Pittsburg 21 10 NW Playoff
2006-11-04 2 8 Kansas City 41 14 NW
2007-10-06 9 16 Kansas City 37 34 NW At the end of regulation Jared Wrick of Pitt State missed a 31 yard field goal at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime. Wrick, redeemed himself by making a 42 yard field goal to give Pitt State the lead. The ensuing possession for Northwest was capped off by Xavier Omon. With Northwest down 34-31 and at 4th & Goal from the 1, they decided to go for the win instead of sending the game into a second overtime. With the handoff, Omon leaped over the pile of linemen and rolled into the endzone capping a 37-34 come from behind victory in the first overtime game ever played in this storied rivalry.
2008-10-04 7 6 Kansas City 35 10 NW
2008-11-22 3 10 Maryville 38 35 NW Playoff
2009-09-12 7 4 Kansas City 30 10 NW
2010-11-13 3 Kansas City 22 16 NW
2011-10-01 1 15 Kansas City 35 38 Pitt Game winning field goal by Chase McCoy as time expired. Northwest had an early 21-0 lead and Pittsburg had 28 unanswered points. Northwest tied it at 35-35 with 3:16 left in a fourth and 11 play in a Trevor Adams to Jake Soy pass. The loss snapped Northwest's record 49 consecutive victories in the MIAA.[4]
2011-12-03 7 6 Pittsburg 16 41 Pitt Playoff-Quarterfinal. Game played in driving rain and broadcast on NCAA online. Bearcats led 10-0 at end of first quarter and it was tied at half.
2012-10-13 7 1 Kansas City 31 21 NW
2013-10-19 2 7 Kansas City 24 15 NW

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